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“How many D.Min’s would have “Mr” at the top of their notepad?”
April 18, 2015, 11:35 am
Filed under: Biography

Mark Jones said this

How many D.Min’s would have “Mr” at the top of their notepad?

…after he read this, and both are full of helpful observations. I don’t have a lot of time for Paul Tripp for a whole host of reasons that have a lot of conceptual overlap with the aesthetic term kitsch; so, ensnared as I am in my cynicism, it did not surprise me in the least to discover that he had not earned a real doctorate.

If you want to read the definitive article on why D.Min degrees are more-or-less necessary for image-heavy parachurch figures who commoditize their Christianity (like Paul Tripp, and Rick Warren for that matter), find a copy of No God but God. Best penny you’ll ever spend. This book contains (pp.175-188) the resoundingly prophetic article by David Wells, “The D-Min-Ization of the Ministry,” in which Wells pegs the impulse to appear professional as the chief selling-point behind these degrees. He goes so far as to call it an idol, which is as much as to say that the impulse behind it is sinful.

“Sinful” is a bit stronger than “frivolous.”

Choose your leaders wisely.

P.S. The Thomas Oden article, “On Not Whoring After the Spirit of the Age,” is also worth every penny you’ll pay for the volume.


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